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APPLE, Linda teaches workshops on Inspirational Creative Nonfiction. Author of INSPIRE! Writing from the Soul, an instructional guide to inspirational writing, and Connect! A Simple Guide to Public Speaking for Writers, she has sold 13 stories to the Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

AUSTIN, Donna is the author of The Sunflower Principle. She is active with Writers’ Ink, a writers’ group in the Jonesboro/Paragould area of Arkansas.

BOSACKER, Gerald writes poetry and short stories. He is new to Arkansas.

BOYLES, Carolyn a freelance writer in Central Arkansas, writes both fiction and non-fiction. She has written A Complete Plain-English Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury: Valuable Information From A Survivor (2007).

BROTHERTON, Velda writes fiction and nonfiction and teaches writing workshops. Her website lists the many works she has in publication.

CASTORO, Laura author of 38 books, number 39 out in May; writes about the writing profession on her blogs The Writing Life and Once Upon a Time.

CLARK, C. J. CJ’s  books Vestal Virgins, Marry Me Under the Mistletoe and Wyoming Dreamer are available at Amazon.com, Kindle, and CreateSpace.com/. Visit me at http://www.cjclarkauthor.webs.com/ and http://www.cjclarkwrites.com/.

COLLINS, Marilyn Harris is author, writing coach, and conference speaker. She has written several writing guides related to  local history and family history, most recently, Brighten Your Leaf on the Family Tree.

DAVIDSON, Lela , author of Blacklisted from the PTA (Jupiter Press, 2011), is Managing Editor of ParentingSquad.com, Associate Editor of Peekaboo magazine, and a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms. Her speaking topics include writing and social media.

DONNELLY, Cat , poet/writer of children’s books, has written a short independent screenplay, newspaper columns, and non-fiction articles while working on her murder mystery.

FRANZ, Rhonda is currently on indefinite leave from teaching other people’s children to raise her own. She blogs on a variety of subjects and recently started writing reviews for .

GAY, Denton has written several comedies, a drama, and a fantasy in the screenplay format. He also experiments with writing novels and short stories.

GARRETT, Del has two novels under contract to Whiskey Creek Press: The Goodbye Trail, and Whispers in the Wind: The Search for Jack the Ripper. As a freelance writer he has published both fiction and nonfiction. He’s president of Penpoint Writers Group and v-p of Fiction Writers of Central Arkansas.

GRIGSBY, Sean writes horror stories and various freelance articles. He lives in Jacksonville and is a member of the Fiction Writers of Central Arkansas.

HARTNEY, Nancy writes short stories. Her debut collection, Washed in the Water, published 2013, is followed by If the Creeks Don’t Rise, November 2016. She puts pen to paper composing freelance articles for regional publications.  Available  to speak to groups and book clubs, she also offers craft workshops. Details at NancyHartney.com.

HOUGLAND, Mandy is a professional freelance writer who accepts a variety of assignments including magazine articles, marketing and website copy, brochure design, resumes, and photography.

JONES, Tom/Thomas Cadwaleder <www.thomascadwalederjones.com> is the author of the satirical novel The History of Hank Fielding, A Foundling – By Tom Jones, Esq. In Two Volumes. – Eleven of his plays have been produced professionally. He is available for select readings, lectures and workshops. He lives in NW Arkansas.

JORDAN, KAREN freelance writer, speaker, and writing instructor, addresses topics about her faith, family, and writing on her blog BLESSED Legacy Stories. Karen is represented by Barbara Scott, literary agent for WordServe Literary Group.

KEARNEY, Janis F. is a publisher, author and public lecturer. Her two memoirs, Cotton Field of Dreams and Something to Write Home About – chronicle her journey from a sharecropper’s existence to the White House where she served as Presidential Diarist for President Clinton. Janis is currently completing two books: Daisy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, a fictional Memoir and Sundays with TJ: Remembering Varner Road.

LACY, Kate, NWA Poet/writer. Directs Poets NW, a branch of the Poets Roundtable, is a beta reader for local novelists, has published a short story and poems, and has won several awards for poetry.

LAUGHLIN, J.A. is a novelist who lives in NW Arkansas.

LLOYD, Mark <www.markclarklloyd.com> is the author of Dragon Chaser: A Memoir and is active with the Northwest Arkansas Writers.

LYNN, Kathy is the author of three published historical fiction novels about Cherokee Indians in southern Tennessee. She frequently speaks at libraries, schools and to civic groups about Native Americans.

MADDOX, Maeve <maevemaddox.com> writes on education, language, and popular culture. Her barebones style guide, 100 Writing Mistakes to Avoid, is a must-have for writers looking to avoid common usage errors that damage credibility. Parents of young children will find her teaching site, AmericanEnglishDoctor.com, a valuable resource.

MANOS, Blanche is a cozy mystery writer with five, soon to be six, books published. She writes the Darcy and Flora, mother/daughter sleuths series and the Ned McNeil series. She also authors a daily blog post.

MARSHALL, Laurie creates content for OnlyinArk.com, and has been a feature writer for various magazines in the state, including AY, Do South and Citiscapes. She currently edits the Personal Space column in the NWA Democrat Gazette. Browse her fiction and nonfiction portfolio at her site.

McKinney, Amanda <amandamckinneyauthor.com>, a writer of romantic suspense, wrote her debut novel, Lethal Legacy, after walking away from her career to become a stay-at-home mom. Her second novel, the first book in the Berry Springs Saga, will be released in 2017. Her books are fastpaced reads about murder,mystery, sex, and seduction. She lives in Siloam Springs.

MILLER, Jeffrey Aaron is an author of young adult novels, science fiction and fantasy. He recently published his first novel, an urban fantasy set in small-town Arkansas, titled Mary of the Aether, published as a trade paperback and ebook by Whiskey Creek Press. He has also written and published numerous short stories. He lives in Fort Smith.

PATTISON, Darcy , published in eight languages, is a children’s book author, writing teacher and blogger. Her children’s books have been named to the Child magazine and Nick Jr. Magazine Best of the Year lists.

PAXTON, Jackie. <jackiepaxtonATyahoo.com> is the author of non-fiction, including Learning Every Day in Every Way,published by etreasurespublishing as a paperback. His science-fiction has appeared in the Nautilus Engine. His latest work of non-fiction. 31 Fun Activities to Increase Your Child’s Attention Span will be released later this year in both an ebook and paperback format.

POLLOCK, Ben S. is an essayist, most of the time. He also has a blog: Click on Brick on the Web site.

POWERS, Mary Ann Crawford is a published writer of literary short fiction and nonfiction. She also writes humor and is currently working on a young adult novel.

RIGSBEE, Linda Louise writes conservative romance and maintains two websites of free reads. She is a member of the Ozark Writer’s League and the founder of the Elkins Writers Group which meets the second Saturday of the month at the Elkins (Arkansas) Public Library.

ROSS, Michelle L. is a published author and poet. Recent works include “The Summoning,” a paranormal romance short story published by parABnormal Digest, and “Rendezvous,” a poem published in Live Live: The Daydreamer’s Journal.

SKELTON, Dan is a retired English professor and theater director in Conway, Arkansas. He has published three novels. He writes horror, coming-of-age, and middle grade stories.

SMITH, Mary Nida is a freelance writer, author, poet, photographer and artist. She has written for magazines and newspapers. She is the founder of Twin Lakes Writers and a member of Ozarks Writers League, Ozark Regional Arts Council, and Friends of the Library. Books: Submarine Stories of World War II and Heroes Beneath the Waves. Author’s blog.

STANLEY, Lyn is a published writer of freelance newspaper pieces. She writes historical romance, mainstream fiction, short stories, and poetry. She is shopping for a literary agent.

STEWART, Penelope Penelope Stewart has finished a book called Global Cry. She is a member of the Helium writer group and has written several inspirational articles. She lives in Little Rock.

TROILO, STACI <stacitroilo.com> writes fiction (romance, mystery, and contemporary lit) and nonfiction, including freelance projects for various companies. Her website lists her published works and her works in progress

VANNATTER, Shannon Taylor is the author of a three-book inspirational romance series: White Roses, White Doves, and White Pearls. She teaches at writers’ meetings, workshops, and conferences.

WISE, Charles is a non-denominational evangelist and freelance writer in central Arkansas, and moderator for Written Word Ministries. His second published book, first of a four-volume set, is entitled Now What? An instructional guide for new Christians, it will be released in 2009.

WORKMAN, Jim has written two western novels, one published by World Books Publishers, Inc., Bucklett’s Pursuit, and one unpublished western. His new mystery is Murder on Beaver Creek. Emails welcome.

YOUREE, Barbara is a free-lance writer who has published four historical romances and six children’s books. Her new non-fiction book, Courageous Journey, the story of Sudanese refugees, is available at Amazon.